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I still remember standing in Babies ‘R Us with my husband when I was pregnant with my first baby, holding a scanner and feeling completely overwhelmed by the sheer amount of baby products lining the aisles while randomly adding the cutest looking ones to our baby registry.

Fast forward five years, and one of the nicest things about having my third baby as opposed to my first is knowing what I really need, and what random crap is just not worth my money or storage space. I went a bit Marie Kondo and purged a bunch of things from my collection this time around (sayonara, mini jetted baby tub!) and thought for sure I wouldn’t have to buy anything else but noticed a few gaps in my baby arsenal. Here are a few new products I discovered this time around:

 Baby K’Tan Active Wrap 

I love the idea of a wrap for teeny babies since a structured carrier just doesn’t seem to hold them as snugly. When I was pregnant with my daughter someone gave me a popular brand of wrap and the first thing I thought when I saw all the yards of sweatshirt-like fabric was “ain’t nobody got time for that” and the second was “this thing is going to be HOT.” Sure enough, even after watching a ton of YouTube tutorials it still took me about ten minutes to get my daughter into the thing, and after wearing her for less than an hour we were both sweaty messes despite the chilly November temps. That wrap was one of the first things to go into my discard pile. 

Luckily this Baby K’Tan carrier solved both of my issues. It’s essentially a “wrap without the wrapping”, since the two connected fabric loops make putting it on a cinch, and their Active model is made of breathable, lightweight material that makes wearing my baby a comfortable experience even during the hottest months of the year. This thing has been an absolute lifesaver as I’ve chased my two older kids around parks, splash pads, and pools this summer.

 Go Joonie Carseat Cover  

After dealing with fabric carseat covers that didn’t seem to actually cover my carseat so much as create needless bulk and attract dirt and stains, I was intrigued when I saw a photo of the joonie on Instagram. This cover is essentially a sleek camping tent for your carseat. It’s made of lightweight (wipeable!) fabric that fits tightly all around the edge of your carseat, with breathable vents on both sides so you can peek in on your little one without disturbing their carseat slumber. Genius! The Joonie’s design shields your baby from rain or wind, and keeps prying hands away from your little one. It’s ideal for moms that find themselves on the go a lot. 

 

 

Fridet MomWasher by Fridababy 

If you’ve had a vaginal birth, you’re probably pretty familiar with this thing:

Ah, the hospital-issued perineal rinse bottle. Pretty standard, right? Well, in much the same way that they gave the ubiquitous bulb syringe a makeover with the nosefrida, the folks at Fridababy have now made life easier for us recovering moms by replacing this bottle with their new fridet mom washer.

fridet works with gravity, making it so that you don’t have to get your hand anywhere near the rim of the toilet bowl (eww) when using it, and you get a more, ahem, thorough cleansing experience in a fraction of the time. Just trust me on this one and include this bottle in your hospital bag. Your lady parts will thank you later. 

 

 

 

Summer is here, which means it’s time for summer fashion! And just because you are nursing doesn’t mean you can’t keep up on the trends and look cute while checking things off your to-do list. If you keep your Undercover Mama pieces close at hand you’ll be set all summer long. Keep reading for some fun outfit ideas to stay cool, chic, and ready to feed your baby whenever you need to.

Keep things cool and casual with this outfit centered around Undercover Mama’s split side tunic. Pair it with some distressed Bermuda shorts and the black nursing tank. Finish off the look with these sandals that feature some fun texture. You’ll be ready for tackling your to-do list and a park play date!

Tunic //Tank //Sandals //Shorts 

 

Don’t save your favorite nursing dress for more formal occasions! This dress can easily be dressed down for every day wear, whether you are taking the kids to the splash pad or on your way to a check up for your baby. Pair it with a fun and quirky baseball cap and classic sneakers  for a nice and breezy ensemble.

 

 

 Dress // Hat // Sneakers

 

Most days, especially in the summer, I just can’t handle the thought of putting jeans on. Or any type of pant that require me to suck in and button them up. Enter the jogger. They are basically sweatpants, but they are much more socially acceptable to wear out in public. So pair your favorite joggers with our new black nursing shirt and some slider sandals for an easy and ultra comfortable look.

Shirt // Joggers // Sandals 

Now you’ve got no excuse not to stay trendy and chic, even while nursing your sweet little one. Just keep your favorite UCM pieces in the rotation and you can’t go wrong.

 

I wanted to share some of my favorite baby products that I find myself loving & using daily! It's been 10 years since my first baby so it's fun to see all the new things that come out each baby I have.
 
 
 
#1. Brazil's best kept secret- Natura Mamãe e Bebê perfume. You can get it on Amazon and it smells like a dreeeeam! I have used this with all my babies cheirosos!
 
#2. The Woombie- this zippy swaddler is made of a stretchy jersey knit so baby can wiggle his arms up if he wants to but keeps him nice and snug. I have loved this for nighttime with a newborn.
 
#3. The Joonie- My own sister invented this! So you may think I'm biased (of course I am!) but it really is the car seat cover of my dreams! It keeps the wind and rain and little hands out and I constantly find myself thinking how much I love it! Thanks sista! Check it out @gojoonie
 
#4 White noise app- we use this at night with Lily on an ocean sound and it cuts out the noise from what's going on in our little house. Also, Max loves the rain sound and it calms him down and keeps him calm & sleeping at night. I love how it's on my phone so it's always close.
 
#5. Nose Frida- I was a bit skeptical about sucking my kid's snot out through a tube but my friend gave me this and it is seriously the best! Way better suction than the blue bulb and I use it for my toddler too!
 
#6. Undercover Mama nursing top- this has become a favorite part of my wardrobe because every 3 hours no matter where I am I need to be able to nurse! This top hooks to my nursing bra so everything stays in place when I lift up the top layer of the shirt. Lol. Thank goodness for nursing friendly clothes! @undercover_mama 

 
These gifts are tried & true! You really can't go wrong. 
 


 
1- This WATCH! The quality is great and you will gets compliments all the time. So simple & stylish, and waterproof! It comes in a little box that's perfect to gift.  Plus, did we mention that it's only $14.99?!
 
 
 
2- These PANTS! $88 Kind of spendy but worth it. Lightweight and flattering, you'll want them in every color! I have the same style pants from 3 other brands and the Albion Jetsetters are the best. They pair perfectly with the Undercover Mama tops!
 
 
 
3-This vacuum! $299 it's a splurge, but so worth it! I use it daily on my stairs, kitchen floor, couches and the car. This would be at the top of my list!
 

 

 

 

There are a million diaper bag choices out there, but it seems that every year they get better and better.  Here's our top three favorites:
 

We are loving this new bag from PPB.  The outside is glazed cotton canvas which makes it super easy to clean.  It has coordinating packing pods called pixels and dividers called caddys that can help keep you super organized.  It is one of the most customizable bags we've seen!  And we love the fact that it can be a tote or a backpack.
 

This is a beautiful bag.  You can definitely carry this one even when you're out of the diaper bag stage.  It comes in a variety of stunning colors and has 10 pockets!  One of the best features is the fact that it opens super wide so you can easily spot anything you're looking for.  It can also be carried as a tote of backpack.
 

This is our favorite cost conscious bag!  It's a great mid-sized bag with lots of compartments and it's easy to clean which are our 2 most important features.  And it comes with complimentary stroller straps and a matching folding changing pad.  

We’ve all heard the comparison that being a mom is like being a superhero. Well, this mom was literally Wonder Woman. Her husband is amazing at creating Cosplay outfits, and she was at a Comic Convention dressed as Wonder Woman. With her 11-month old baby needing to nurse, she found a mother’s room, and began the process of undressing to nurse.

 

 Because of the way my corset fit, it was tricky to take it off so I practically had to turn him upside down to get him in a position where he could nurse. There were two other moms in the mother’s room with me and when I got him to latch I shouted,

“I AM wonder woman!”

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-Olivia

When my son was three months old, we had to fly across the country to meet my husband where we would be stationed with the military. I hadn’t really mastered the whole nursing thing yet, so I was obviously really anxious about the whole thing. Even more so because I was told I had severely inverted nipples and I’d have to use a shield in order to keep nursing. But I was READY. I had three shields, two nursing covers, countless binkies, gripewater, and enough lanolin to last a lifetime. However, as soon as I sat down my heart sank. I was seated next to two middle aged businessmen in suits. They both had little sleeper masks, and giant head phones that were clearly meant to block out noise. Ah! I had read all about traveling with an infant, and knew that in order to make take-off and landing bearable, it was best to nurse.

As soon we had started nursing, the plane started to taxi and the noise startled my son so he jerked his head away, and the neck strap on my cover came undone. I quickly tucked my cover into my mouth to hold it up (you know this trick…all nursing moms do!). The man next to me noticed I was struggling so he offered to hold my son while I got settled. Well, my new mom hormones kicked in, and with huge tears in my eyes I said ‘Thanks so much’, and handed him over. I fixed my cover and motioned for the guy to hand him back. Then, IT happened. I still have nightmares. Just as this kind man went to hand my fussy child back to me, my cover flipped up, and my shield rolled to the floor. He and I froze, looked at each other, then at the ground. There, sitting just between his fancy shoes, was my silicone nipple shield. I'm not sure he fully understood what it was because he mumbled ‘I got it...’ and reached down.

Then I screamed ‘PLEASE DON'T! ITS A NIPPLE SHIELD!’

It was one million times louder than I intended it to be. He seemed startled, then looked down again, contemplated what I yelled, then his eyes went wide and he said ‘Yeah... you can get it’. I swear, I wanted to crawl under my seat and die.

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-Sarah

I was always told to wash my baby's clothes before dressing them for the first time, but I never really understood the reason why. There actually is a reason, other than just making them smell fresh.  Most baby clothes are treated with a finish to ensure that they look brand new and unwrinkled when you buy them.  This can be harmful to their sensitive skin!  So wash those baby clothes!  
 
And while we are at it, here are a few other tips and tricks for tackling baby laundry that I've learned along the way.  
 

DETERGENT
 
I'm partial to Dreft, as my detergent of choice.  But any of the free and clear detergents are recommended.  These detergents contain less, or no added fragrance, which can oftentimes be the culprit in irritating sensitive baby skin.
Avoid the fabric softener — both liquid and sheets. Fabric softener can reduce the effectiveness of the flame retardency on baby pajamas and can also irritate your baby's skin.
 

 
 I was given this bar at a baby shower and was skeptical.  But this handy little bar is amazing at getting stains out. You can find it at the grocery store for super cheap and it can get out almost any laundry stain I've ever had.
 

COLOR CATCHERS
 
Let's face it, babies create a TON of laundry.  And when your an exhausted new mom in survival mode, there isn't time to separate colors and do separate loads.  Enter Color Catchers.  Color catchers are disposable sheets which can be thrown into the wash to help absorb any color dye that may leak and stain other lighter fabrics. 
 
MESH LAUNDRY BAGS
 
Baby clothes are tiny, which means they tend to get lost.  Mesh Laundry bags are a must!   These are perfect for holding baby socks, bibs, mittens, and other small things that tend to wander in the wash.

Do you ever get somewhere and realize the outfit you are wearing is not compatible with nursing?

In a nutshell, I was at my first big outing with a baby and it was a wedding. It didn’t register that I couldn’t nurse in the one-piece dress I was wearing. The wedding was completely outdoors so I had no choice but to strip down almost naked under the long tablecloth on our table to nurse my son.” Her husband found it so hilarious that he had to document the moment by taking a picture.

 

Check out more of our Wedding Stories That Will Make You Smile here.

Submit your funniest/most embarrassing breastfeeding story to media@undercovermama.com . If we feature your story, we will give you a $25 gift certificate!

 

-Jessica

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